I got a Trek 7500FX off of Craigslist a couple of weeks ago. It's in pretty good shape, with a few things that need to be addressed. It's still perfectly ridable, but I'm going to repair/replace/upgrade as I go. Today I just wanted to dial in the derailleurs and my brakes. I don't have any experience with derailleurs and I just made them worse when I tried to adjust them.
I saw an ad on Craigslist the other day for a mobile bike mechanic. I was hesitant at first, but upon doing further research and checking out his website I decided to send him an email. He quoted me for 20$ to inspect/adjust both derailleurs and the brakes. Sweet.
He showed up today promptly at 4:30 as he said he would. He had a nice toolkit and a beefy, yet portable stand. He was very professional, very friendly, and made it a point to show me everything that he was doing. I now have a much better understanding of derailleurs and brakes. Sure I have a repair manual with pictures, but I'm much more of a visual learner.
Anyways, not only did he dial in my brakes and derailleurs, but he also: trued my wheels, adjusted my seat to fit me correctly and installed a seat post shim (stem was a tad too small), cleaned and lubed my chain, and gave my entire bike an overall inspection. He pointed out a couple things that I may want to think about replacing and/or upgrading.
He's just started this business and I hope he succeeds. I was amazed at his low price. I asked him about how business was and why his price was so cheap. He told me that he's keeping it simple right now as he's just starting out. He already has all the tools he needs. He works out of his truck (or his garage if it's too intricate of a repair). His overhead is pretty low, therefore he can offer lower prices. He seemed to really enjoy working on my bike and explaining things to me. He told me anytime I have a question to shoot him an email so he can offer me tips, services, or point me in the right direction. Anyways, the guy is awesome and I would recommend him to anybody in the SW Las Vegas area. I grabbed a stack of his business cards that I plan to hand out to everybody I know who rides.
Just thought I'd share my good experience with everybody here!